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    Crystalized Muonionalusta Meteorite
    Iron fine octahedrite - IVA
    Northern Sweden - (67° 48'N, 23° 6'E)

    Everyone is familiar with the metallic crisscross appearance shown by slices of etched octahedrites, but most viewers are not as well acquainted with the three-dimensional structure that gives rise to that Widmanstätten pattern. Very infrequently, there are octahedrites that are exposed to just the right type of oxidation and weathering. The Lot offered here is one of those rare examples of weathering, which resulted in exposed surfaces revealing the rarely seen three-dimensional internal structure. Triangular, pyramidal crystal faces completely cover this hefty, nickel-iron visitor from deep space. Shining reticulated areas intermingle at various levels, but all share the same co-planar orientation, indicating that the meteorite is a single crystal. This would have remained a secret without the unusual weathering process.
    Overall Measurements: 6.3 x 5.3 x 3.8 inches (15.9 x 13.3 x 9.7 cm), weighs 5.9 kg (13 lbs.)


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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2015
    4th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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